Re: alaska picks
I've tried the Alaska picks but didn't like them. I wasn't sure what size to order as I have some pretty hefty fingers so I tried both the large and XL sizes but neither worked for me. They didn't grip my fingers well and you have to have a fairly long fingernail already to keep them from slipping so I didn't see where much was gained. Maybe they work better with smaller fingers. I prefer both the feel and sound of metal finger picks made from lighter (.013 or .015) metal as they can be adjusted to stay on and bent so they barely protrude beyond the ends of my fat fingers. I use them in combination with a plastic speed-type thumb pick. If I ever decide to try playing a banjo, I'll be ready to go. I also use the pads on my fingers when I want a softer sound.
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